Ecology and Environment

Research Interest

  • Conservation of  natural and urban ecosystems of Sri Lanka,
  • Biodiversity surveys
  • Ecology, biology, distribution, and management of environmental weeds/invasive alien plants
  • Responses of Plants  to climate change
  • Biofertilizers

Research Activities/ Ongoing research

  • Assessment of risks of invasion during deliberate plant introductions to Sri Lanka (OP)
  • Forecasting of the growth and yield performance Sri Lankan grown Sesame/Thala (Sesamum indicum) and its wild relatives to  water deficit conditions (JD)
  • Floristics of  urban areas,  dry zone forests and serpentine  sites of Sri Lanka (AM, SD)

Financial support

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Research Council (NRC)
  • University of Colombo (UOC)
  • Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS)
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Australia Collaborators: Department of Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka, Urban Development Authority,